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Police: City man sought sex, pictures from minors

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An Altoona man sentenced in March to state prison for child pornography now faces charges he solicited sex and pictures from a 16-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl.

Ronald L. Holley, 30, was arraigned by video Friday on a list of sex charges including criminal solicitation, promoting prostitution and multiple child pornography charges stemming from Holley’s alleged contact with a 16-year-old girl in early 2018, according to charges filed by Altoona police.

Police allege Holley began chatting with the 16-year-old Altoona girl on Feb. 15 and wanted to meet her for sex. Holley allegedly told the girl he was 17 years old, and after he demanded that she meet him, the girl agreed, with police noting she did so “to stop his constant demands to meet with her,” Altoona police Detective Cpl. David Dey wrote in the affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.

On Feb. 19, the girl’s mother called police to report the 16-year-old had run away, and because she found messages on the teenager’s iPad between her and a man that were sexual in nature, she was concerned for her daughter’s safety.

Police were provided a picture of the man, and while the mother was on the phone with police, the girl returned home.

The next day, officers were sent to the girl’s home to help in a Blair County Child­ren, Youth & Families investigation into suspected child abuse and were told by the girl that she left home on Feb. 19 to meet a guy named “Rob” on the 100 block of First Street.

Police later learned that the girl had agreed to meet two men that day and the guy she told police was “Rob,” who she said had picked her up and taken her to a wooded area near Bellwood where they had sex, was not Holley, but another unknown male the girl was not able to provide a name for or identify.

The girl also told investigators she had sent nude photos of herself and her 12-year-old sister to the guy she only knew as “Rob” and when questioned, Holley allegedly admitted he had asked for and received nude photos of both girls.

Holley allegedly admitted to investigators he knew the girls were 16 and 12 and he had the photos on his phone until Feb. 19, when he said “someone communicated to him that the police were going to be contacted” and he then deleted the pictures and messages with the girl, police noted in the charges.

Holley denied having any physical contact with the girls but admitted he had gone to meet the girl on

Feb. 19. Holley told police he parked a few blocks away and saw the girl get picked up by someone in a Ford Mustang. Police said surveillance footage from a nearby business corroborated this and showed the girl getting into the Mustang. The footage also showed Holley driving around the area before and after the girl was picked up and police pointed out that he was driving an orange Jeep.

Police contend Holley also offered the 16-year-old $100 as well as a diamond bracelet if she would bring the 12-year-old to have sex with him. The 16-year-old refused.

Police said messages between Holley and the 16-year-old found on the girl’s iPad detailed Holley’s efforts to have sex with the 12-year-old, including the offer of money and the bracelet.

Bail was set for Holley, who faces 21 felony counts and four misdemeanor charges, at $100,000 cash. His preliminary hearing is slated for June 26 before Magisterial District Daniel DeAntonio.

Holley is currently at the State Correctional In­stitution at Camp Hill, having been sentenced in early March to two to four years in state prison after pleading guilty to 10 counts of possession of child pornography. He was arrested in September 2018 after a tip from Google led to a state Attorney General’s Office investigation that ultimately turned up child pornography on a thumb drive.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock at 946-7458.

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